Risk Reduction

What is Risk Reduction?

Rainbow Health uses a Risk Reduction approach to working with our clients. What this means is that we affirm individuals who may want our services but are not interested in an abstinence-only model.

Risk reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas that are aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use and higher-risk sexual behavior.

Risk Reduction is also a social justice movement that respects the rights of people who use drugs and engage in higher-risk sexual behavior.


Getting an HIV test empowers you to make decisions that are right for you and to take the necessary steps to lead a healthy life.


Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP is a new tool in the HIV prevention toolbox. We can help you determine whether PrEP is right for your, and connect you to resources to access this highly effective HIV prevention strategy.

Syringe Exchange

Rainbow Health offers an injection drug outreach program, called MAINLINE, that reduces the risk of getting HIV. We provide access to unused syringes, education, and HIV prevention and care services. Our syringe exchange program is the largest in the state. Each month, we distribute and collect approximately 20,000 syringes.


The Minnesota AIDSLine is Minnesota’s statewide information and referral service that can answer your questions about HIV and link you to help. You can reach the AIDSLine at 612-373-2437; email: aidsline@rainbowhealth.org; or text AIDSLine to 839863.